Doo Hoo Choi's opponent is finally confirmed and its going to be Kosuke Umeda.
Umeda's nick name is "Korean Hunter" now because he is currently 4-0 against Koreans including a recent win over Sengoku vet Won Sik Park in DEEP 58.
Umeda is a veteran however his record is mediocre at 11 wins 11 losses and 3 draws so this shouldn't be such a tough fight for Choi who is currently on a six-fight winning streak - four of them are by KO / TKO including a flying knee shot win over former DEEP lightweight champ Nobuhiro Obiya and DREAM vet Mitsuhiro Ishida.
Choi was supposed to fight Kazunori Yokota for DEEP featherweight title in February but did a disappearing act because he was "injured and didn't know what to do" according to what 21-year old Korean explained at the DEEP press conference back in April.
Choi also missed the weight in April which resulted in a cancellation of the fight so obviously, before thinking about beating Umeda, Choi would have to make sure his injury is healed, and he is on time in terms of cutting weight.
In addition DEEP announced four other fight cards for this show including a bantamweight bout between DREAM vet Yusaku Nakamura and Hirotaka Miyagawa from team ALLIANCE. Nakamura lost to Atsushi Yamamoto in the DREAM Japan GP opening round but scored few knock downs in this fight. Miyakawa is also a striker who KO'd Kasuya Sakae with one shot so we can expect a hard hitting bout from these two fighters.
DEEP Office Presents
DEEP 59 IMPACT
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open - 17:30 / Fight Starts - 18:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
DEEP Bantamweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiro Maeda (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs Tatsumitsu Wada (Japan / Yoshida Dojo)
Doo Ho Choi (Korea / CMA KOREA) vs Kosuke Umeda (Japan / R-BLOOD)
Yusaku Nakamura (Japan / MMA Studio STYLE) vs. Hirotaka Miyagawa (Japan / ALLIANCE)
Yusuke Kagiyama (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai) vs Masahito Hisataka (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Tokyo Headquarters)
Yoshitomo Watanabe (Japan / AACC) vs Yuta (Japan / ALLIANCE)
Yusaku Tsukumo (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Yokohama Dojo) vs Yuki Okano (Japan / Mach Dojo)
Amanda Lucas (USA / The Skrap Pack)
VIP - 15,000 yen / SRS - 10,000 yen / A - 8,000 yen / B - 6,000 yen
*500 yen more at the door.
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)